Review: Frost by Marianna Baer

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on October 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Review: Frost by Marianna BaerFrost by Marianna Baer
Published by Balzer + Bray (9.13.2011)
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Source: Library
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3 Stars

Leena Thomas’s senior year at boarding school starts with a cruel shock: Frost House, the cozy Victorian dorm where she and her best friends live, has been assigned an unexpected roommate—eccentric Celeste Lazar.

As classes get under way, strange happenings begin to bedevil Frost House: frames falling off walls, doors locking themselves, furniture toppling over. Celeste blames the housemates, convinced they want to scare her into leaving. And although Leena strives to be the peacekeeper, soon the eerie happenings in the dorm, an intense romance between Leena and Celeste’s brother, David, and the reawakening of childhood fears all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. But does the threat lie with her new roommate, within Leena’s own mind…or in Frost House itself?

From debut author Marianna Baer, Frost is a stunning and surprising tale of suspense that will have readers on the edge of their seats.

My thoughts

While I did like this book, there really wasn’t much of a plot line involved. I did enjoy the development of the relationship between David and Leena. I always love a good romance ;)
Even without much going on though, this book still held my attention (believe me, not an easy task). The strange and unexplained happenings in Frost House left me wanting answers. You start to wonder if Celeste is doing the things to herself, if one of the roommates is doing it to her, or if Frost House really is haunted. As it goes further in, things get worse, and at the point when Leena has lost almost everything, I really feel sorry for her. Although I have to say, the way she talks to the owl statue really creeps me out…
At the end, there is finally a logical explanation given, and it was certainly the last thing I would have ever expected. Very interesting, indeed. But at the same time, it still leaves you with the question – what really happened at Frost House?
Plot: 2/5
There wasn’t really much of one.
Writing Style: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Pace: 2/5
It seemed like there wasn’t much happening in most of the book besides ordinary school stuff.
Cover: 4/5

Overall rating: 3/5 starfish
Jessi (Geo)

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